Apple currently depends on Samsung for supplying OLEDs for its flagship iPhones. However, in order to reduce cost and its dependency on the South Korean tech giant, Apple has been on the lookout for new suppliers for quite sometime. Now, WSJ claims the a Chinese company could be a key candidate to take up that job.
According to the report, BOE Technology group, a Chinese company with government ties, is looking forward to manufacture OLEDs for Apple. The company is currently the number one supplier of LCDs, and even manufactures LCDs used in both iPads and MacBooks. It is operated by the Beijing city government. The move comes as a part of China’s strategy to better compete with South Korea and Japan who are among the leading manufacturers of advanced screens for smartphones.
Choosing BOE as its supplier will also benefit Apple as it will help the company establish a better relationship with the Chinese government. However, that can only happen if BOE can meet Apple’s OLED standards. It can be a little challenging for the company as its known to manufacture LCDs exclusively.
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Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones in September this year. Out of that, two are said to feature OLED screens. While Apple is still largely dependent on Samsung for them, a recent report suggest that LG could be supplying OLEDs for about 2 million units. The demand is said to rise gradually as LG improves its production capabilities.